Some people actually pick the Mulberries and make them into jams but I would rather let the birds have them all and while they are enjoying them, maybe the berries on some of the other trees / bushes will be not quite so tempting to them.
All the Nanking Cherry bushes have finished ripening and I have shown, in previous posts, my harvest from them. There are a few left on the bushes but I've decided I have enough.
Currants, beginning in late May but in full production during first couple of weeks in June.
These are Pink Champagne and Black Currants. If you go to Botanical.com, HERE is information on Black Currants. According to this information, the Black Currant is no slouch in anti-oxidants, has more than blueberries, and I know for a fact they're lots easier to grow here in bi-polar northeastern Oklahoma. Sour and seedy, though, and the musky odor is a little off-putting. People back in the olden days made cough syrup with it. The leaves also have medicinal properties. Black Currants are easy to propagate in spring. Just cut off the new tip of a branch, about a 4" length. Remove all the leaves except for the top two. Bury upright in a container (I use a styrofoam 6-oz coffee cup) in good soil, and keep watered.
This is Lance-Leaf Coreopsis. Many Coreopsis are annuals. This is a perennial. No herbal properties that I know of, just cheerful yellow flowers that bloom dependably every spring and part of summer if deadheaded. Other than that, they ask for little else. That's the Pearly Everlasting bottom left, just beginning to bloom.
The lettuces that I planted in the Sweet Potato Bed have become bitter and inedible. They are supposed to be heat- and bolt-resistant varieties but they didn't really stay good much longer than a variety that came up volunteer and isn't billed as being particularly resistant to adverse reactions to hot weather. I thought I'd just leave them where they are and maybe there will be seed to collect, if the sweet potato vines don't crowd them out first. I sowed the last of those seeds in planters for a kind of a "salad bowl" effect, and I had to bring them inside because something's been really chowing down on some of them.
I have these setting on cafeteria trays, on the top of rolling carts, in my office in front of a sunny window. For the picture I moved the taller cart in front of the shorter one. If the window locations are not satisfactory, I can always move them under the plant lights. I didn't have much seed left for those in the planter on the far left and here you really have a visual aid for how much faster things will grow when they are not crowded together. These are Merveille de Quatre Saisons, Year Round, and Jericho, from Pinetree (Superseeds.com). There is a fourth variety in the garden, a volunteer, which I think is Speckled Troutback. It did grow bitter sooner but only by a couple of days. Some of the lettuces were harvested by cutting at ground level and leaving the stump in the ground. Others were pulled and after I cut the lettuce off the root stump, I planted the stump in an empty spot in the garden. I want to see if either will make new lettuce and whether that lettuce will be edible. Maybe they'll just send up a shoot that will go immediately to seed. Or maybe they'll rot.
The spinach completely died out or was eaten to the ground. Obviously a favored taste amongst wild critters or bugs. I am beginning to think darkly of eating that which eats my garden. Seems only right. I still have a packet of Bloomsdale and I plan to sow them in a fourth planter and grow them inside till fall. Maybe I can have fall spinach, since spring only yielded enough for one meal for me (Hubs doesn't like spinach).
I haven't been weeding much at all so all these pictures will look pretty bad. I work outside till about 11:00 and then it's just so humid and hot, I have to come in. I have to pick peas just about every day and that cuts into my time. Today I'm going to have to water the raised beds and recent transplants that do not have their roots very deep into the ground yet.
I'm kind of ashamed to show you this one. Plenty of tomatoes getting pretty good sized, though. There are carrots around the outsides of the wire cages, and some volunteer Marigolds from last year.
I thought the plant coming up in this tire planter was going to be Bachelor's Buttons, but I think it's going to be a weed. The Bachelor's Buttons, Indian Blanket, and a lot of other wildflowers, chose to grow in the ground below. I guess it really is true that plants will tell you where they want to be.
The peas are about done. I've put almost eight pounds in the freezer so far. The potatoes are turning yellow from the ground up and I may have to go ahead and dig them even though I've never seen them bloom. The peppers and tomatillos look kind of ratty, still, but they are doing better than they were. One of my squash plants was uprooted. I think birds, looking for bugs and worms.
Well, this is not much of a tour but what with no tilling this spring, rain all last month and now the hot and humid weather and mosquitoes, I've lost the battle with the weeds. I'll go outside for short times off and on today, but we're going to be under a heat advisory this afternoon so I'll probably be sitting right here at the computer by then. We're expecting some cooler weather this weekend, I'm hoping to be able to make some progress then.
So till next time,
Rock on. Hugs xoxoxo